Arun Jaitley Stadium

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Arun Jaitley Stadium

Arun Jaitley Stadium is the second oldest international functional stadium after Eden Garden Stadium, Kolkata. It is situated in the capital of India, Delhi. It has 41,824 spectators capacity. The stadium was established in 1882 by Feroz Shah Tughlaq and opened in 1883. This iconic venue is operated and owned by Delhi and District Cricket Association (DCCA). The first match hosted at this venue was in 1948. This ground has encountered many historical records and moments and some of them still hold. It has been an eminent venue for both domestic and international cricket.

Ground of Arun Jaitley Stadium

Let’s get some primary information about this stadium first!

Basic Information

Former NameFeroz Shah Kotla Stadium
Established in1882
Opened in1883
Renamed year12 September 2019
Renamed asArun Jaitley Stadium
Also known asWillingdon Pavilion
LocationNew Delhi, India
Capacity41,824 spectators
Time ZoneUTC+5:30
Coordinates28.6379° N, 77.2432° E
End NamesStadium End, Pavilion End
First match1948
Owned byDelhi and District Cricket Association(DCCA)
Construction cost₹114.5 crore
Operated byDelhi and District Cricket Association(DCCA)
Home-ground TeamsIndia national cricket team, Delhi Capitals
Phone+91 22 2289 8800


This epochal venue, known for its historical significance, was constituted in 1883. At that time, it was named after the adjacent Kotla Fort as Feroz Shah Kotla Fort Stadium.

Feroz Shah Tughlaq was the third Muslim monarch of Tughlaq ancestry and Sultan of Delhi from 1351-88. According to historical facts, in 1354, He built Feroz Shah Kotla Fort to house his city of Delhi at that time called Ferozabad.

Beautiful weather at Arun Jaitley Stadium


The stadium was later named after the death anniversary of Arun Jaitley in 2019, on 12 September. Arun Jaitley was the finance minister and former DCCA president. He was also commended for achieving the modern standards for a stadium. 

Later on, it has been elaborated by DCCA, that only the name of the stadium is changed, and the ground will still be named Shah Kotla Fort Stadium.


Stadium still illustrates the remnants of this archaic fortress.

This fort consists of a notable 13-meter-long pillar which is the same as a pyramid structure, Moreover, it also contains exquisite gardens, mosques, and many madrassa.

The architecture of the stadium is a fusion of old Muslim heritage and modern infrastructure.


This stadium has undergone various renovations to meet the standards to hold cricket events, internationally.

Stadium has been recently planned to be upgraded with new seats, wide spectators capacity, new washrooms, fresh and new paint, updating the ticketing software, and basic hygiene facilities to accommodate both players and spectators. It will get 20 to 25 crore for the improvement of its facilities.


This stadium holds 41,824 spectators capacity. At the time of the game, the ground was filled with all passion and enthusiasm of cricket lovers. New seats have been added to this stadium during the renovations.

Stands and Enclosures

Names of 14 stands at this stadium are given below

  • North West Stand Second floor
  • North West Stand Third floor
  • North West Stand Ground floor
  • West stand ground floor
  • Old Clubhouse Corporate boxes
  • Old Clubhouse first floor
  • DC Lounge
  • North East Stand Second Floor
  • North East Stand Third Floor
  • Hill B southwest
  • North East Stand Ground Floor Premium
  • North West Stand First Floor Premium
  • North West Stand Ground Floor Premium

If you want to enjoy a clear view of the game you should prefer South-East stands. North, South, South-East, and South-West stands are appropriate to avoid crowds and wait in long queues.

Pitch Report 

This stadium has a proportionate and flat pitch. It has a small boundary length also giving an edge to batsmen to score more. The average score of 342 in the first innings proved how this pitch is favorable for batsmen. But spinners can also get an upper hand if they deviate the length and speed a little bit. This stadium is an iconic venue to score more in matches.

Boundary Length

This stadium has 56 meters of square boundary and 60 meters of straight boundary.


According to calculations, it is 65 meters for both on-side and off-side. Pavilion and Stadiums End both are 68 meters around the ground.

overview of Kotla Fort Stadium


The stadium has a prime location which is easily accessible for an audience who travels locally. Below is the exact location of the stadium:

Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Feroze Shah Kotla, Raj Ghat, New Delhi, Delhi, 110002, India.

You can easily access the venue via the Delhi Gate Metro station. For the railway, you can travel by Tilak Bridge Railway Station. Indra Gandhi International Airport is for those who travel by air.

Night view at Arun Jaitley Stadium

First Match

  • Test Match

The first test match was on 10 November 1948 between India and West Indies.

  • First ODI

It was on 1982, September 14. The match was between India and Sri Lanka.

  • First T-20

The first T-20 match was played on 23 March 2016 between Afghanistan and England.


Total matches34
Highest Record644 (West Indies)
Lowest Record75 (India)
Average first innings342
Highest Individual 243
Highest no. of wickets10
Batting team won6
Chasing team won14
Average Drawn15
Avg. run batting first350
Avg. run per over2.77
Avg. run per wicket34.79

ODI- Stats

Total matches10
Batting team won5 matches
Chasing team won5 matches
Highest score330
Lowest score99
Run average419.70
Strike Rate80.1
Total runs scored4197
Balls delivered5239
Boundaries count437
No. of sixes67
No. of fours370
No. of wickets70
Stumping6 times

 T-20 Stats

Total matches7
Batting team won3 matches
Chasing team won4 matches
Highest score212
Lowest score120
Run average318.71
Strike rate136.2
Total runs scored2231
Balls delivered1683
Boundaries Count279
No. of sixes93
No. of fours186
No. of wickets70
Stumping1 time

IPL records

Along with domestic and international cricket, this stadium has also hosted various IPL matches. Indian national cricket team and Delhi Capitals are the home teams.

Total matches84
Batting team won38 matches
Chasing team won45 matches
Highest score231
Lowest score44
Runs average315.52
Strike rate138.9
Total runs scored26487
Balls delivered19068
Boundaries Count3375
No. of sixes989
No. of fours2386
No. of wickets70
Stumping33 times
Crowd at Arun Jaitley Delhi

Memorable Records

This stadium has witnessed many time-honored moments and records.

  • In 1983, the 29th test ton has been scored by Sunil Gavaskar on this ground.
  • Sachin Tendulkar scored his 35th century breaking the record of Sunil Gavaskar of scoring more centuries against Sri Lanka in December 2005.
  • The highest individual score of 243 has been scored by Virat Kohli against Sri Lanka at this venue.
  • A memorable moment of Anil Kumble in 1999 is also notable when he took 10 wickets in the first innings against Pakistan and become the second bowler to achieve this milestone.
  • It hosted its first international match in November 1948 which was between India and West Indies.
  • The highest ODI score at this ground is 330 between the Netherlands and West Indies.
  • This stadium also hosted the Cricket World Cup of 1987, 1996, and 2011.
  • Playing against Pakistan in 1952, a wicket stand of 111 runs was scored by Ghulam Ahmed and Hemu Adhikari.
  • According to test records, India has won 10 times being the successful team, and as visiting team, England won 3 times.
  • Among international players, Viv Richards of the West Indies took 6 wickets in 1989 against India.
Match at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium

Vital Role in Economy

Being a magnificent venue, this stadium has upheld not only local identity but also promotes Indian culture globally. It provides a vast range of opportunities for job creation, tourism, hospitality, and local businesses.

Not only this, but also involves advertisements, sponsorships, media and broadcasting, sports growth, infrastructure development, and much more to resonate positive image and effect.

Additionally, the overall economic impact also depends on the scale of sports events, the popularity of players, and the management practices of the stadium.

What is a capacity of Arun Jaitley Stadium?

It has 41,824 spectators capacity.

What is the old name of Arun Jaitley Stadium?

The old name is Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.

When was Arun Jaitley Stadium established?

This stadium was established in 1883 by Sultan Feroz Shah Tughlaq.

Who was Feroz Shah Tughlaq?

Feroz Shah Tughlaq was the third monarch of the Tughlaq dynasty.

When was the first match at Kotla Fort Stadium?

It was a test match in 1948 between India and West Indies.

What is the highest score at Arun Jaitley Stadium?

The highest score achieved is 644/8 in a test match between India and West Indies.

Who operated Arun Jaitley Stadium?

This stadium is operated and owned by Delhi and District Cricket Association(DCCA).

Tanzeha, as a cricket enthusiast, delivers rational, clean cut and advanced information. In addition, she writes after completing research about all facts and qualitative data.

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